Season nine winner Lee gets by with a little help — and a lot of advice — from his Idol friends. But what have they told him?
Lee DeWyze was humbled and awed to find himself in the presence of so many former American Idol winners during his finale party May 26, so much so that he’s raving about the night two days later! But who impressed the season 9 winner the most?
We told you that Lee, 24, cozied up to season 4 winner Carrie Underwood at the bash, held at the Mondrian Hotel’s Skybar in LA, and we were right! “I saw Carrie a little bit at the Idol party and she was so supportive!” the Mt. Prospect, Ill. native enthused during a May 28 conference call. “She said, ‘Anything you need, let me know.’ She was awesome.”
He added, “There’s a line you cross when you get to this point with everybody, and I’ve joined them in a sense. It’s amazing. I look to them for my inspiration. They’ve been able to make their marks on music, and I want to make my mark.”
But which other Idols influenced the singer? “David Cook is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met in my life. Chris Daughtry is down-to-earth and original. I can relate to that. He’s a cool guy. Adam Lambert was awesome. He’s original, real genuine and has a good attitude.” Whoops. Guess you didn’t know Adam wanted Crystal Bowersox to win, did ya Lee?
As for what he’d like his album to sound like, Lee says he goes for a Kings of Leon meets Dave Matthews Band meets Kris Allen sound (you called it, E!). “I sat down for the first time and listened to Kris’ album and I really dug it!” he said. “He’s a cool guy. I liked it. He got to do a lot of the things he wanted to do and I get to do the same thing!”
Just one more question for paint salesman turned Idol winner: now that he’s left his worker days in the past, should a paint chip be named in his honor?
“I was actually asked this a few days ago,” he said, adding, “I like blue a lot. Blues and greens, earth-toned colors. [If I had to pick a name to call it] I’d use my name, I guess. If they’re going to make a color, might as well name it what my name is!”
Come on, Lee — a bit more originality please. It isn’t as if anyone is going to forget your name NOW.
— Laura Schreffler